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Paul Ognibene’s & Urban Spaces Announces a Commitment to Salem



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We’re very proud of our investment and commitment to Salem.

The BRIX development in Salem, Massachusetts, is a great example of the trend-setting work of Urban Spaces, a Cambridge-based real estate company. A mid-sized residential buildout in the downtown of this historic city just north of Boston, BRIX is bringing another living option, multifamily condominiums, to an emerging market beyond Boston and its immediate surroundings. Designed to reflect aspects of the historic architecture of its immediate surroundings while embracing contemporary needs, BRIX is a “bridge” that provides cues for others building anew in established urban centers, including and especially in suburban downtowns like Salem.

Urban Spaces has invested around $30 million in this project, which falls into what CEO Paul Ognibene of Cohasset calls “the sweet spot” for the company’s project sizes, usually falling between 20 and 200 units. The 110,000 square-foot BRIX condominium development will offer eight one-bedroom units, 44 two-bedroom units, and nine three-bedroom units. The living spaces will range in size from 800 to 1,700 square feet each, with prices starting in the mid-$400,000 range.

BRIX is slated to be finished in summer of 2021. Along with its 61 units, the building will feature high-end amenities for residents, including a tranquil roof terrace designed to foster a sense of community, an adjacent club room, a pet spa for BRIX’s four-legged residents, and a fitness studio. Approximately 3,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space will occupy the building’s ground floor.

Invested in local community

The BRIX project was awarded to the joint venture development team of Urban Spaces and Diamond Sinacori through an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process run by the City of Salem. According to Ognibene, the City wanted to make sure any development that replaced the former federal courthouse in the heart of Salem would be designed, as much as possible and practical, to fit seamlessly into a traditional, historic downtown. In addition, Ognibene noted that BRIX will create a new “gateway experience” for vehicles entering downtown Salem and its location is a few minutes to the entry/exit of the local commuter rail to Boston or to points north.

“We feel proud and privileged to be entrusted by the City to contribute to an already wonderful downtown in one of the Commonwealth’s most historic cities,” Ognibene stated. “Hopefully, our designation speaks to our reputation and our expressed willingness to collaborate with the City and its residents. As with all of our projects, we want to ensure that they’re really well suited for the location and that the result of our efforts will fulfill the community’s expectations.”

Some of the landmark projects on which Urban Spaces made its name feature as much, but different types of innovation as BRIX. These include a 180 micro-unit concept, rare for Boston and the largest in the country. Or Dana Park Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts which repurposed several historic buildings previously owned by the Archdiocese of Boston. BRIX’s buildout is very much in tune with one of Urban Spaces’s many core competencies, namely marrying the fabric of existing or emerging urban centers with innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.

This mission-driven Massachusetts-based real estate development company always aspires to have a transformational effect on the communities it serves. Its team tries to find appropriate sites in established and emerging neighborhoods—locations that are close to public transportation, employment hubs, or universities. Salem certainly stands as an example of one such area and BRIX is the right building in the right spot at the right time. To that point, 65% of the units were under Purchase and Sale Agreement within three months of a marketing launch during the Christmas holidays and in the face of a pandemic!

“I think what’s really interesting about BRIX is that it’s the first large-scale multifamily opportunity for homeownership in Salem’s burgeoning downtown,” Ognibene says. “We are really excited to be part of the further growth, revitalization, and enhancement of Salem.”

Local project, local partners

For Urban Spaces, investing in local communities around Boston also means investing in local companies. That’s why it tapped Tise Design Associates of Newton to design BRIX and Groom Construction of Salem as the General Contractor for the project. Ognibene says that Urban Spaces has a great relationship with both from the work they’ve previously done together.

The company tries to work with the same pool of contractors, consultants, and architects over many jobs to build relationships of trust and loyalty, which improves outcomes. The same goes for its relationships with the neighborhoods in which it builds.

Urban Spaces’s commitments to high-quality buildings and community relationships have given it a great foundation for more work in Salem and in the other municipalities in which it has a presence. With the BRIX project, Urban Spaces has also succeeded in investing in the right location at the right time.

“We’re very proud of our investment and commitment to Salem,” says Ognibene. “We’re pleased to see BRIX join other important signature efforts to bring responsible and respectful development to Salem, one of America’s municipal treasures.

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How to Perform a Security Audit at Your Miami Home – Quickly Locksmith…



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How to Perform a Security Audit at Your Miami Home

If you truly don’t have the time for a security audit or you’re worried you will miss something important, there is always the option of contacting professionals such as Quickly Locksmith to assist you.

How secure is your home really? It’s not always easy to spot potential security vulnerabilities and repairs when you’re running from one task to the next. Setting time aside to evaluate your Miami home’s security is critical.

Just a general check-up once a year is enough to keep you, your family, and your valuables safer.

If you truly don’t have the time for a security audit or you’re worried you will miss something important, there is always the option of contacting professionals such as Quickly Locksmith to assist you.

However, if you would like to perform your own security audit, this guide will show you what to look for.

Home Security Audit Checklist:

Let’s start with the most important kind of security audit, the one that will help protect your home from criminals.

Locks are essentially your first line of defense, so start by checking the locks of all external doors around your home. Are all the locks in good working order? Do you keep spare keys in a safe and accessible place? Depending on how old your locks are, you may want to consider either replacing or upgrading them. As an additional measure, you can look at adding deadbolts to specific doors around the outside of your Miami home.

Do you know exactly who has a spare key for your home? Have you recently misplaced any spare keys? Make sure you know exactly how many key copies exist for your home and where they are located. If you’ve given a spare key to a friend or neighbor, make sure they still have it. If a number of spare keys are missing, you may want to consider changing your locks and starting fresh.

  • Access Points:

Both doors and windows are potential entry points for criminals. Take the time to look at the condition of all windows and external doors. Cracks and general structural weaknesses make it that much easier for intruders to access your home. Don’t forget to look at the window latches too.

  • Cameras & Surveillance:

If you do have video surveillance set up at home, add this to your security audit checklist. Is the network still reliable? Could your camera placement be improved? You could also decide whether upgrading the system is worth your while based on new products on the market. Lastly, make sure there are no trees or other plants that might be blocking cameras.

  • Alarm System:

If your home has an alarm system, start by testing all the motion detectors as well as any door and window sensors. Next, look at the actual panel and whether there are any notifications that need to be dealt with. Lastly, test your alarm system with your security company and make sure your call list for alarm activations is still relevant.

You can now move onto your garage. Start by making sure all locks are in good working order – this includes the lock of any side entrances and interleading doors. If your garage has a keypad, this might be a good time to change the access code.

  • House Numbers:

If emergency services had to get to your home, how easily are they able to see your house number? Clear away any plants that might be covering up your house number.

  • Your Daily Routine:

The final item on your home security audit checklist should be your daily routine. What are your patterns when you leave and arrive home? Do you make a point of closing doors behind you immediately? Does your family know what to do in the invent of an emergency? Identify any vulnerabilities in your daily routine to stay safer.

Now that you’ve identified what you need to do to upgrade the security of your home, you can get in touch with professionals such as Quickly Locksmith to assist you.

Environmental & National Emergency Security Audit Checklist:

Once the general security of your home is taken care of, it’s important to audit how prepared you are for an environmental or national emergency.

  • Fire Risks:

Start by evaluating fire risks and how prepared your home is should a fire break out. If you have a fireplace, does it have a fire screen and when last did you clean the chimney? Do you have fire extinguishers and where are they placed? Where are your smoke alarms situated and are they all still working?

Next, look at your flood risks. Do you have flooding sensors in your basement and if not, should you consider installing them? It’s also important to check the condition of your sump pump.

  • Emergency Supplies & Evacuation:

Having emergency supplies doesn’t mean you’re preparing for doom’s day, it’s just a precaution should there be a national emergency. It’s ideal to have enough water and perishables to last a week or two, as well as a first aid kit. Flashlights and copies of important family documents can also form part of an emergency supply kit. Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to have an emergency evacuation plan in place should anything go wrong.

Enhancing Your Home’s Security:

Now that you have the results of your Miami home security audit, decide which smaller fixes you can take care of yourself and what will require the help of a professional. The next step would be to get a quote from a reputable locksmith such as Quickly Locksmith so that you can budget for your home security improvements.

There is no need to do everything at once though. A locksmith will be able to tell you which repairs and improvements you should prioritize first.

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OrbVest Closes Acquisition of Fleming Island Medical Office Building…



OrbVest Closes Acquisition of Fleming Island Medical Office Building in Jacksonville, Florida

OrbVest Closes Acquisition of Fleming Island Medical Office Building in Jacksonville, Florida

Our expansion in Florida is driven by the fundamentals that underlie all of OrbVest’s acquisitions… Fleming Island is a class A healthcare asset in an excellent location and is considered to be one of the best medical office buildings available.

OrbVest, a global real estate company investing in income-producing medical commercial real estate in the United States recently closed its purchase of Fleming Island, a 76,771-square-foot office property located in Jacksonville, Florida for $14,450,000.

Fleming Island, located at 4565 US Highway 17, was built in 2010, has 350 feet of frontage on US Highway 17, and is 1⁄4 mile north of CR-220. The anchor tenant, Family Care Partners, occupies 30% of the building and is being taken over by the InnovaCare Health group, which will guarantee the current lease, expiring in 2031, and is expected to bring additional specialties to the building.

“Our expansion in Florida is driven by the fundamentals that underlie all of OrbVest’s acquisitions. Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida, is growing fast and boasts a well-rounded, diverse industry base. Between 2010 and 2018, Jacksonville’s population increased by almost 14%, which is 139% faster than the national average,” said Martin Freeman, OrbVest CEO.

OrbVest has a portfolio of over one million square feet representing more than $340 million of specialized medical real estate under management. OrbVest acquires profitable medical office commercial buildings in fast-growing locations across the United States, raising equity from limited partners from over 20 countries around the globe.

Lincoln Harris LLC, a leading national healthcare real estate firm currently managing over 31 million square feet across 730 buildings in 22 states, is a co-sponsor for this project.

“We continue to believe that healthcare-related commercial real estate in the United States has been able to prove its resilience before and during the pandemic, and should continue its growth as an aging population and technological progress continue along its inevitable path,” said Freeman. “Fleming Island is a class A healthcare asset in an excellent location and is considered to be one of the best medical office buildings available. The Jacksonville medical office building market currently consists of a total 8.5 million square feet with an average occupancy of 94.3%.”

Fleming Island is OrbVest’s fourth acquisition since the start of 2021, securing its third property in Princeton, New Jersey, a medical and office building comprising 40,028 square feet of rentable space; Talavi Spectrum, a 74,662-square-foot, multi-tenant office building in Phoenix, Arizona, OrbVest’s second property in greater Phoenix metro area; and a 11,852-square-foot Great Expressions Dental Centers office situated on 1.15 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia.

OrbVest is actively pursuing additional medical office building investments across the United States to provide enhanced diversification for its investors and reduce concentration risk.

About OrbVest

OrbVest is a global real estate company that invests in US income producing medical commercial real estate. Within seven years, OrbVest has assembled a portfolio of over 1.4 million square feet representing >$360m real estate under management (REUM) with a 65% re-investment rate.

OrbVest’s goal is to make investing in global real estate simple for small and large investors who are able to invest from as little as $5,000. Clients use a convenient online platform to invest directly into low risk commercial assets, primarily in the Healthcare niche. The investments generate regular dividends (±8% per annum) that are distributed on a quarterly basis creating annuity income and long-term wealth over the period of investment. (Targeted IRR of 11% to 17%).

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Hufcor Announces New Distribution in New York Region



We are excited to have such an established and dedicated team focused on our continued growth in New York

Hufcor, Inc, announces the expansion of our partner, TG Elliott to represent Hufcor in New York City. TG Elliott has been with Hufcor for over 40 years and experienced in design, installation, and customer relations within the region. Their representation now covers lower New York state, New York City (including the boroughs), Long Island, and northern New Jersey. “We are excited to have such an established and dedicated team focused on our continued growth in New York” said, Barry Napier, Vice President of Distribution.

We also want to announce that our longtime partner for 12 years, Ron Saraco, owner of Metrofold, who has successfully supported Hufcor and numerous customers throughout New York will be retiring at the end of August 2021. Metrofold has been one of our top distributors in the region and we wish Ron the best in his new endeavors.

Hufcor also is introducing a new member to our Architectural & Design Relations team, Dije Perolli. She will support the design community throughout New York and the NE region. “Dije brings over nine years of experience in the operable partition market and we are excited to have her represent our product line to the important and creative architectural community” said, Mike Kontranowski, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing.

As this exciting transition begins, we want to inform you that all current work that is being performed by Ron Saraco at Metrofold, will be completed in full by his team. Please continue to work with Metrofold through completion of your projects. All new projects with respect to design and installation should be directed to Chris Brundage and Justin Michalek with TG Elliott.

Hufcor and our Partners are dedicated to ensure our customers have the best support and quality throughout the design and building process. Our focus on the growth of this region is essential. We understand the needs of the Architectural & Design community as well as the General Contractors that require quality and on-time delivery.

About Hufcor

At Hufcor, we exist to shape the experience that people have within a built environment – we are in the business of space management. Offering the widest range of glass, operable, vertical lift and accordion partitions, our products shape space by providing flexible sight and sound separation and enable our customers to control the atmosphere and experience of their space. Committed to advancing what is possible in space management, we are consultants that have more, do more, and deliver more for our customers. Every day we work with architects, contractors, and building owners across markets to help them maximize the utilization of their space to realize what is possible. We shape our customer’s experience through the breadth and quality of our expertise, capabilities, and products along with our inherent drive to solve problems. This uniquely positions Hufcor to reliably deliver exactly what is needed. To learn more about Hufcor, please visit

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Inman Announces 14 Real Estate Sponsors for Inman Connect June



The lineup of real estate sponsors and exhibitors offer education, products, solutions, and services that can help the top agents and brokers who attend stay competitive, grow their business, and prepare for the future.

Inman Group announced 14 real estate companies that will sponsor and exhibit at Inman Connect, a 3-day virtual event June 15 – 17, 2021.

The event will welcome thousands of agents, brokers and real estate professionals for a virtual event specially designed to forge the next chapter of the industry. The lineup of speakers, panels, and tracks at this event includes heavy hitters, thought leaders, industry insiders, and exciting disruptors.

The lineup of real estate sponsors and exhibitors offer education, products, solutions, and services that can help the top agents and brokers who attend stay competitive, grow their business, and prepare for the future.

Sponsors will include:


Real estate brokerages generally spend too much time supporting agents with online marketing, struggle to differentiate, and are not able to attribute impact correctly on their marketing (ROI). Adfenix helps marketing teams solve these key challenges by automating tailored marketing programs for their agents and brand.

Back At You

Back At You is the premier provider for real estate back-office, operational, and marketing software. Currently used by some of the nation’s largest brokerages, Back At You’s back-office Financial BAY offers hundreds of interactive reports, management of any commission structure, accounting integration, and more. Back At You’s Financial BAY, Connection BAY, and Marketing BAY, provide brokerages with a seamless end-to-end solution for one or all of their real estate needs.


BoomTown has all the tools, technology, and teams real estate professionals need for success. It’s the only solution that generates and manages leads, with 300+ experts supporting agents. Their lead generation, consumer websites, CRM, lead qualification services, and more, come in flexible packages that scale with success.


CINC (Commissions Inc) is the leading provider of web-based real estate marketing and CRM software for elite agents and teams across North America. The CINC solution includes: a consumer website that integrates with local MLS data; a complete CRM platform that allows real estate agents to nurture clients and monitor their business; and access to three mobile apps.

eXp Realty

eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage, is one of the fastest-growing, global residential real estate companies with more than 38,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. As a subsidiary of a publicly traded company, eXp Realty uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn eXp World Holdings stock for production and contributions to overall company growth.

Finance of America Commercial

As part of the Finance of America family of companies, Finance of America Commercial provides rental term loans and fix-and-flip lines of credit to residential real estate investors across the country, helping borrowers overcome traditional financing hurdles and build long-term wealth through real estate investment.

IXACT Contact

IXACT Contact is a next-generation real estate CRM that gives real estate professionals all the tools they need to manage contact information, keep in touch communications, active business, and online presence. All in a single, easy-to-use solution.


Lucidpress provides real estate agents with an incredibly easy way to customize and distribute their own marketing collateral without ever going off brand. Lockable templates keep brand assets protected while empowering agents to make small design tweaks all on their own, easing the load off of the central team. Brokerages can keep agents happy and say goodbye to rogue branding forever with Lucidpress, the brand templating platform trusted by over 8 million users worldwide.


In today’s world, businesses need a digital branch where real estate professionals can deliver premier service to their customers. This means providing a digital destination where customers can call-in at their convenience and receive a one-stop service experience. Moxtra powers OneStop Customer Portal – a digital branch, with continuous collaboration experiences, helping real estate professionals retain and grow customers, manage distributed organizations, and lower costs for doing business. Moxtra’s Customer Collaboration Platform can power a branded OneStop Customer Portal as a fluid extension of an existing website, web or mobile app, or as a standalone web and mobile app.


As one of the leading global real estate franchisors, RE/MAX was founded with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. With nearly 140,000 agents in more than 110 countries and territories, nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, as measured by residential transaction sides.

Residential Real Estate Council Broker Solutions

With more than 28,000 members, the Residential Real Estate Council is a home for REALTORS that desire a professional edge and more from their careers. RRC offers a multitude of educational opportunities, business services, and benefits to help real estate professionals stand out as an expert and sell more homes. RRC awards the CRS Designation to experienced REALTORS® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate, and also offers a myriad of certificate programs to help real estate professionals further hone their skills. Through customized education, consulting services, and resources, RRC’s Broker Solutions will help agents meet and exceed the everyday needs of their business to take brokerages or teams to new heights.


In today’s ultra-competitive and fast-paced real estate market, agents need a digital presence that immediately demonstrates their unique value within seconds. Studeo’s award-winning interactive storytelling strategy for real estate helps agents power their online marketing by quickly and easily showcasing listings, neighborhoods and presentations as interactive digital stories. It’s a user-friendly platform that enables agents to engage with the market in an immersive way, highlight community lifestyles and tell their unique brand story.


Zillow Group, Inc. is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life’s next chapter. As the most-visited real estate website in the U.S., Zillow and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and nearly seamless end-to-end service.


Zoodealio is ushering in a new era of iBuying and lead generation software. Their “Interactive Multi-Offer Dashboard” gives consumers an offer management system and agent interaction tool never before seen in the real estate market. Zoodealio’s proven lead generation cash offer website provides agents the ability to compete with iBuyers for seller leads and an advantage over other agents in their marketplace.

Inman Connect will take place online June 15-17, 2021. The best and the brightest in real estate and technology are expected to attend. For information on how to receive a press pass, please contact

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